A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity ’til he has tasted adversity. ~Sa’di (Musharrif-uddin)
How often do you think about prosperity?
For us goal-setters, we often think about progress and are obsessed with reaching the finish line of our dreams. I wonder, though, how often we think about the fruits we’ll gain along the way?
To consistently think of those fruits, you should develop a prospertiy consciousness. It’s not difficult to cultivate one. Like any thought process, it’s one that should be installed in your mind like new software. Once it’s downloaded, it needs regular maintenance to make sure the files are operating properly. And when you reach those goals, you might want to upgrade your software so that you’re prepared for new goals and new dreams.
The Foundation of Prosperity
A mindset shift begins with a basic thought. A belief is only a thought you keep thinking, until your mind accepts that it’s true. To install a new thought, you repeat it consciously until it’s absorbed into your subconscious mind. This may seem over-simplistic but honestly it’s just that easy.
For example, did you know the US was in a financial recession before you heard about it on the news? Then this fact was repeated daily for months. Do you believe it now? If you hear that we’re out of a recession, would you easily believe it? What proof do you have that we’re in a recession? This fact is probably something that no one doubts by now.
You can install this same level of belief in your own dreams and prosperity by utilizing this same method.
Maintain Your Prosperity Software
Once you’ve developed the habit of repeating statements about prosperity to yourself (my post on autosuggestion explains how), most people stop there. Your mind will revert to it’s old beliefs as soon as you stop. There is reinforcement all around us that we are not prosperous – the news, fears articulated by our family and friends, and negative sayings such as “money is the root of all evil” and “money doesn’t grow on trees”. So you have to keep the reinforcement going.
When you start feeling prosperous, positive energy flowing through you, don’t let anything block that energy. I guard against the negative energy of others by refraining from negative conversations, by not watching the news, and from reminding myself that my goals are all my own – it doesn’t matter one bit what anyone else says or thinks about my dreams. My life and my aspirations are all my own and it’s totally up to me to reach them – no one else.
Upgrade Your Prosperity Software
It’s not enough to repeat thoughts of prosperity to yourself daily. Once your mind accepts that prosperity can be yours, and you’ve developed the habit of thinking those prosperous thoughts, it’s time to upgrade them. I do this by reading books and listening to audio that reinforces these thoughts. I find that there’s no reason to reinvent the wheel. The people that have gone before me and experienced a life of prosperity and abundance are the best teachers.
When you reach this level of consciousness, you’ll want to surround yourself with thoughts, ideas, conversations, and resources that reinforce the belief that prosperity can be yours. Here are a few suggested books:
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Millions of people rave about this book for a reason
- The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles. This is like the original prosperity book, that influenced writers like Napoleon Hill
- Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Ecker. This book will show you how you’re thinking with a mindset of lack, and how prosperous people really think
What are the books and resources you like to read, to keep your mind focused on prosperity? I’m always adding new titles to my own library and I’d love to read some of your suggestions.